Unconditional Bliss: Finding Happiness in the Face of Hardship
by Howard Raphael Cushnir.
This is a gem of a book that offers a means to bring acceptance into your life via two simple question.
"Whats happening right now" & "Can I be with that"
This is from Amazon: (check out the reviews on Amazon as well)
Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
Both clear and practical, honest and wise. Cushnir can help us plumb life's mystery and joy.
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and A Heart as Wide as the World
A wonderful distillation of the classical spiritual approach to life. It is practical, refreshing, and fun to read.
Mark Matousek, author of Sex Death Enlightenment and Dialogues with a Modern Mystic
Simple, direct, and deeply joyful. This indispensable handbook for spiritual well-being will satisfy even the harshest critics.
About the Author
Raphael Cushnir's road to bliss has been circuitous. He grew up in a San Fernando Velley suberb, where as a teenager he taught American literature to other teens in the short-staffed school district. After a decade of teaching and storytelling, Cushnir became an activist for the environment and human rights. He devised innovative media campaigns that included such celebrities as Madonna, Pearl Jam, Demi Moore and Michael J. Fox.
His passion for filmmaking led to an ongoing stint in Hollywood. He wrote, directed, and produced the Showtime movie, Sexual Healing, staring Helen Hunt, Anthony Edwards, and Jason Alexander. The film was nominated for two Cable Ace awards and won Grand Prize at the Houston Film Festival. Designed by Cushnir as a not-for-profit venture, it raised over $30,000 for the Minority AIDS Project.
Cushnir has also written scripts for the Geffen Company, Warner Brothers, and Columbia Pictures. In addition, his articles have appeared in Mother Jones and the LA Weekly, and his children's book, The Secret Spinner, was published in 1985. With the advent of multimedia, Cushnir codesigned the $5 million techno-spiritual odyssey, Obsidian, which Gamezilla magazine called "the very best game in any genre."
The discovery that a state of bliss is always available came to Cushnir after a period of profound grief. He's not an "expert" in the traditional sense, nor does he claim the authority of any organized group or lineage. Instead, Cushnir's aim is simply to share the gift that was given to him. He's come to understand that bliss is possible for anyone, at any time, through the asking of two simple questions and a constant focus on direct experience. Cushnir is a student and practitioner of Vipassana and Taoist meditation.
No matter how difficult life may be, you can still live in a state of radiant bliss, says Raphael Cushnir--even if you're alone, sick, failed, and broke. Pie-in-the-sky? This down-to-earth book shows us how.
Based on universal spiritual principles, the message is profound, but the method couldn't be more practical. All it takes is a simple two-step process called LIVING THE QUESTIONS, demonstrated here with compelling real-life examples.
This book is not about getting what you want. It's about allowing yourself to FEEL the way you want by embracing life one precious moment at a time...starting right now!
There is also a website based on the book at:
He also has another book "Setting your Heart of Fire" but I have yet to read that.
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